Lois A. Vinyard, of Greenfield, IL was called to her heavenly home to be with Jesus, on June 12, 2021. She was the oldest child born, to Lewis A. and Mildred (Manker) Hall on August 21, 1935. She married Athen A. Vinyard, Jr. on June 4, 1953. He was the love of her life. Their union blessed them with four children: Mike (son Bradley) Vinyard; Joe (Cherie) Vinyard; Deon (Sherry Klose) all of Greenfield, IL and Tammy Longmeyer (John Cribbett) of Auburn, IL.
Lois was known to her family and friends as Lolo and she had the ability to light up the room as she spoke about her children and grandchildren: BJ (Ashley) Vinyard of Carlinville, IL; Cody (Morgan) Vinyard of Greenfield, IL; Patrick (Brooke Duea)Longmeyer of Jacksonville, IL; Paige Vinyard of Carlinville, IL and Brooke (Shane) Greenwood of Alexander, IL. She had four step grandchildren: Fred Cribbett of Ingleside, IL; Amy (Steven) Hobbs of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Andy (Shelly) Cribbett of Harvel, IL; and Alyssa (Derek) Williams of Scottville, IL.
Great-grandma Lolo will be missed by Cade, Chloe, Claire, Cash, Dean, Landon, Tate, Gracie, Brynlee and step-great-grandchild: Bianca, Ellie, Maddy, Suzette, Hannah Mae, Riley and Khloe. As each new baby was born, she would beam and show pictures. She also had a special place in her heart for all her AWANA kiddos. She would tell stories about them after hearing them read their bible versus and the cute things they would say and do.
Lois had four siblings: Charles (Wanda) Hall (deceased); JoAnn (Gene) Shelton (deceased); Paul (Norma) Hall of Caruthersville, MO and Ronnie (Kelly) Hall of Greenfield, IL. She has a sister-in-law: Kay Reno of Jerseyville, IL.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Junior, brother Charlie; sister Jo Ann; sisters-in-law: Edna Plogger; Mary Costello; Aggie Piper; Kelly Hall and brothers-in-law: Herbie Vinyard and George Vinyard.
Lois worked at the Smokehouse; Lolo’s Place and Vinyard Plumbing and Heating. She enjoyed watching sporting events of her grandchildren, tending her flowers, listening to the birds on her patio, dancing and singing. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenfield, IL. She loved singing at every service she was able to attend. She was a joy to watch, as the songs came from her heart. She was a member of the Mary Martha Mission Circle and attended the “Builders” Sunday School Class. She loved her savior and witnessed that love throughout her life. Lois’ legacy will remain in the church, with the quilt she hand-stitched. Each family’s name is on its own individual block and she sewn all with Praise to the Lord. She enjoyed listening to her family members in “4 His Glory” and “The Longmeyer Band”. She always chair-danced and sang along. She also cherished the time she spent with her sister, as they would yard sale and shop at DG. Lois would try on every hat that had “bling” and make Jo Ann laugh.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, August 21st, at the First Baptist Church north of Greenfield. Visitation will be from 9 am to 11 am at the church. A private family graveside service will follow a the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Wrights.
Lois will be missed by her family, nieces, nephews and numerous friends. A celebration of Lois’ life will be held at a later date, with interment to follow. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or BJC Hospice. The Shields-Bishop Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please leave a memory or online condolence at shields-bishopfh.com
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